Waynesboro City Council Looks to Boost Business

WAYNESBORO,Va. (WHSV) -- Waynesboro City Council members will meet Monday night to discuss everything from tourism to school funding. Members will consider a resolution that would create a tourism development zone.

The move would allow businesses that come to the area to receive grants.

Director of Economic Development Greg Hitchin said it's in the early stages, but part of the proposal could mean that businesses could receive tax breaks or other forms of reimbursement.

Hitchin said the zone would include the area around exit 94 near the Zeus Digital Theaters.

Downtown Main Street is also a part of the report. The idea would be to have new businesses downtown, such as retail shops or restaurants.

Another item on the agenda is the enterprise zone, which would also draw businesses to Waynesboro.

Frank Lucente, a Waynesboro City Council member said there are plenty of draws to the area.

"We have two interstates, one north to south, one east to west. We have a good railroad system, we have a good rail line, we're in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley, we have low tax rates," said Lucente.

Lucente also said they would change the enterprise zone to include Opportunity Park.

That's more than 130 acres the city bought for development, which would give businesses the chance to look at that property with more incentives and opportunities for grants.

Some businesses are interested in the area, but Lucente couldn't reveal which ones were interested.

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